NEWTON, Kan. (AP) A scam artist claiming to be a down-on-his luck military man is trying to scam some Kansas churches.
The man claims his truck broke down while he was on his way home from his mother-in-law’s funeral. The Newton Kansan reports that he says he attended the church a few times and asks that money be sent to Walmart or any place with wire transfers.
Jason Reynolds, Harvey County sheriff’s department chaplain and minister, says the man gets belligerent and threatens to go AWOL if he can’t get the money.
Reynolds says at least five churches in Newton have had contact with the man, as well as churches in Wellington, Wichita, Emporia and Udall.
Law enforcement officers say never send a wire transfer to anyone unless you know them.